All the joys of spring …

It’s that time of year when I start to think about booking a holiday somewhere faraway, a new place to discover which is hopefully very HOT! 

It’s that time of year I tell myself I really should start to diet incase I book the afore-mentioned holiday and have to bear the old bod.

God forbid it’s any time soon I look like a bloody beached whale! [ one that’s in need of a desperate slick of false tan and some serious toning up]

It’s the time of year I long for and envisage the sun on my face [wearing nothing less than factor 50+ of course ]

It’s the time of year that I actually make an effort and shave my legs ! It’s been a while. I’m not sure ‘leg hair plaits’ are a thing … just yet !

It’s the time of year when snow drops and daffodils start randomly popping up , the sun rears it lovely head [occasionally] and little lambs are spotted jumping playfully around the fields. [ this is the very reason I stopped eating lamb, I could never quite get that image out of my head. It kinda spoilt my meat and two veg! ]

This week we actually experienced a couple of days of sunshine and you know what … it felt good. It actually felt like spring had sprung.

So what better way to carry on the spring  feeling than with a session of laughter yoga at Meadowhall.

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Style Tips Part 1…The Jeans

‘I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes’ – Yves Saint Laurent

I live in jeans.

My current favourites and the ones which are seemingly never off my back-side are my H&M ripped ones. I’ve had these for many, many years – more than I care to remember! Jeans are so very versatile and that’s why I love them.

We decided for this first style tips post we would take a pair of jeans each, Liz black skinnies, Tracey blue ripped, and show how with just a few different accessories you can totally transform your look.

We are both firm believers that you can look stylish at any age but that style is also very personal. Fashion is fashion and comes and goes as quickly as it arrived. What’s in fashion may not necessarily be something that suits you, or your body shape. Style however well that’s your very own…

You take a piece of that fashion and make it work but in your own very stylish way!

Last week La Redoute emailed us, inviting us take part in a their ‘Style Tips’ competition with a chance to win a trip to Paris (Oooh la la!!) and more importantly, be Brand Ambassadors for them for a whole 12 months.

We didn’t need to be asked twice.

So, armed with a boot load of accessories, we donned our loyal denims and met on a rather blustery Yorkshire day at Tankersley Manor, Sheffield for a spot of lunch and our first ‘style tips photo shoot’.

First stop food and a coffee…

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Liz:

I live in my skinny black jeans and have lost count of the number of pairs I have.  I just love their versatility.

For my first outfit, I decided to go casual. I poured myself into a pair of my favourites (good ol’ M & S ones), teamed with a plain black Primani vest, then threw on a H & M denim shirt, my Zara black leather jacket and a pair of Miss KG ankle boots and tucked into my lunch…

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Tracey:

My basic outfit was the afore-mentioned ripped jeans and a simple black vest.

For the first outfit I teamed it with a leopard print jacket from Zara, red vintage handbag which belonged to my late gran, Top Shop Red ‘Boudoir’ shoes circa 2000, and chunky gold jewellery.

I’d say that a jacket and jeans were my style staple, mixed up with bright accessories.

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Liz:

To adapt the same outfit for a day at the office, I discarded the shirt, the leather jacket and the boots and smartened things up with a plain black blazer and black heels. To add a bit of colour and break up the black, I added a scarf and tote bag.

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Tracey:

For my second outfit I replaced the leopard print jacket with a stripy navy and white mac and my sandals for a pair of black killer heels. Bright accessories came courtesy of a yellow handbag…

…and the weather was typically English!

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Liz:

As its supposed to be Spring (the Yorkshire weather didn’t think so), I brightened things up a bit. This is my favourite coat/jacket at the moment – a fifties style lemon number by J Taylor. I kicked off the heels and staying with the fifties vibe added a pair of pointy black slingback ballet shoes by Miss KG.

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Armed with a pair of Prada Catseyes sunnies for the odd moment the sun appeared plus a pearl and gold cuff by Coast, et voila…a modern day fifties inspired outfit!

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For style tips on how to dress as chic-ly as the French, pop over to La Redoute and take a peak!

In the meantime, wish us luck with the competition and watch out for the 2nd part of out style tips…dresses!!

For now…Au revoir

Liz and Tracey x

Afternoon Tea and Barges …

Its sun-shining outside, I’ve painted my toes bright pink, I don’t have tights on and there’s a definite swing in my step. I think spring may have sprung. I’m like an excitable little lamb!

I’ve had an excellent weekend which I am going to share with you … yes you.

Before I do,  I have to fore-warn you that Saturday started out as a bit of a nightmare. While ironing my brand new dress I somehow managed to put a hole in it. To make matters worse the taxi was waiting outside and I had no other outfit planned or ready. I had been engrossed in ‘The Fifth Element’ or rather Bruce Willis and had forgotten the time, what can I say! I thought sod it and went out wearing it anyway strategically placing my new handbag were the hole was! I was in such a tizz I forgot to pick up my camera which I had left on the window cill next to the door so I wouldn’t do just that! Darrrrhhh.

Hence all the photos have been taken on my mobile; I’m therefore apologising up-front for lack of pictures and of their quality.

So here goes …

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